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Master of Design Strategies - ARM001

Course Code: ARM001
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline(s): School of Design and the Built Environment
UAC Code: 880600
CRICOS Code: 095573K
Lowest Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Design and innovate for a global audience

The Master of Design Strategies delves into the theory and methodologies of applied design across products, interfaces and services via a practice-led approach. Throughout this coursework-based degree, you’ll focus on social and global innovation, and will develop key skills in service design, interaction design and entrepreneurial practices.

The course structure allows for projects and problems from both the public and private sectors to be used as vehicles of learning and application. You’ll be encouraged to build your degree in a manner which suits your personal career goals and aspirations. With a well-rounded knowledge of design thinking and innovation, you’ll graduate ready to impress in a range of industries.

Study a Master of Design Strategies at UC and you will:

  • interpret and solve complex problems using design thinking techniques and processes
  • identify and evaluate concepts and theories dealing with service design, design innovation and entrepreneurialism in design
  • develop and review an iterative process of design using models and prototypes to test and evaluate solutions to a wide variety of design problems
  • integrate design knowledge and ideas to communicate design solutions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • prepare and present professional design strategies to create solutions to social issues of global importance
  • create business plans, pitch ideas, and develop branding and integrated communication plans for design concepts
  • apply established theories in practice-led research techniques, formative thinking, and reflective and critical practice to create innovative design solutions.

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning is a foundation of the Master of Design Strategies course, providing you with ongoing opportunities for direct industry engagement, such as connecting with government and private industry in Australia and overseas.

Career opportunities

The Master of Design Strategies gives broad training which aims to create design leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and thought shapers across a wide range of fields and industries. Some job roles which graduates of the course might undertake include:

  • Design strategist
  • Design and project manager
  • Design consultant
  • Design studio manager
  • Design researcher
  • Content strategist
  • Service designer
  • Consumer experience and digital strategist
  • Design and innovation strategist
  • Design innovation lead
  • Digital innovation manager
  • Business manager – media and design
  • Experiential designer
  • Organisational design specialist
  • Business development director – internet of things
  • Product manager – innovation and new product development

Course-specific information

High-achieving Bachelor of Design students have the option of taking units in this Master of Design Strategies course in their final year of study.

Enquiries

Prospective Domestic Students:
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students:
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students:
Email FAD.Student@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1300 301 727

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent as approved by the University Admissions Committee.

In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors including English proficiency, academic record and/or employment experience.

Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Design Strategies can articulate into the Masters program.

Vertical integration with an undergraduate degree is meritorious. Only high achieving students will be considered for inclusion.

Applicants with a completed Bachelor's degree in a related/cognate field may be granted credit for 12 credit points of unspecified credit and admission into the 1.5 year (EFTSL) program.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2019 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 $21,500 $33,100

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


Professional Accreditation

To be advised.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Interpret and solve complex problems using design thinking techniques and processes. 1.1 UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
1.3 UC graduates are professional: use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
1.5 UC graduates are professional: display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload;
2.2 UC graduates are global citizens: adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
2.3 UC graduates are global citizens: understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
2.5 UC graduates are global citizens: make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives;
3.1 UC graduates are lifelong learners: reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
3.3 UC graduates are lifelong learners: adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and
3.4 UC graduates are lifelong learners: evaluate and adopt new technology.
Identify and evaluate concepts and theories dealing with service design, design innovation and entrepreneurialism in design . 1.1 UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
1.3 UC graduates are professional: use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
2.1 UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession; and
3.3 UC graduates are lifelong learners: adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas.
Develop and review an iterative process of design involving the use of models and prototypes to be able to test and evaluate concepts and solutions to a wide variety of design problems. 1.1 UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
1.4 UC graduates are professional: work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
1.5 UC graduates are professional: display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload;
2.3 UC graduates are global citizens: understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
2.5 UC graduates are global citizens: make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives;
3.3 UC graduates are lifelong learners: adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and
3.4 UC graduates are lifelong learners: evaluate and adopt new technology.
Synthesise design knowledge and ideas to communicate design solutions to specialist and non-specialist audiences. 1.2 UC graduates are professional: communicate effectively;
1.4 UC graduates are professional: work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict; and
2.4 UC graduates are global citizens: communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings.
Prepare and present a professional design strategy to create design solutions to social issues of global importance. 1.2 UC graduates are professional: communicate effectively;
1.6 UC graduates are professional: take pride in their professional and personal integrity,
2.1 UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession;
2.3 UC graduates are global citizens: understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures; and
2.5 UC graduates are global citizens: make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives.
Create business plans, pitch ideas, and develop branding and integrated communication plans for design concepts. 1.2 UC graduates are professional: communicate effectively; and
1.6 UC graduates are professional: take pride in their professional and personal integrity.
Research and apply established theories in practice-led research techniques, formative thinking, reflective and critical practice to create innovative design solutions. 1.3 UC graduates are professional: use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
1.5 UC graduates are professional: display initiative and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload;
1.6 UC graduates are professional: take pride in their professional and personal integrity;
2.6 UC graduates are global citizens: behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives;
3.1 UC graduates are lifelong learners: reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
3.2 UC graduates are lifelong learners: be self-aware;
3.3 UC graduates are lifelong learners: adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas; and
3.4 UC graduates are lifelong learners: evaluate and adopt new technology.

Course Duration

Standard four semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum 12 semesters.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Graduate Certificate in Design Strategies; Graduate Diploma in Design Strategies

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2019 NO NO

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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